On Friday January 19, 2018, the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. as the 16th president in the 118-year history of the institution.

President-elect Dr. Herbert L. King, Jr. will arrive on campus having served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, where he was responsible for all development, alumni relations and career functions of the college.

In 2010, King served as the Vice President for External Relations at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and from 2004–2010 as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia.

King’s experience extends beyond the scope of higher education with time as both Executive Director and Director of Development at the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes in Brookneal, Virginia, where he created the organization’s first strategic plan, launching comprehensive facility renovation efforts and multiple fundraising efforts.

King received his Doctor of Education in educational leadership from The University of Virginia, his Master of Education in educational administration from Lynchburg College and his Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Hampden-Sydney College.

King will succeed Dr. Barry M. Buxton on June 1, 2018.